This is one of those moments that sets one’s outer liberal at war with one’s inner Richard Dawkins. Bosworth Conservative MP David Tredinnick’s expenses reveal he spent £210 on astrology software from, it appears, “Crucial Astro Tools” and £300 on tuition from the same company to learn to use it.
The Voice has come by the text of an email he sent to a constituent explaining the claim:
Thank you for your email about my claim for consultancy services from Crucial Astro Tools. As you may be aware I have a longstanding interest in Parliament on the subject of Integrated Healthcare / Complementary and Alternative Medicine. I was at that time considering improved regulation for Group 3, Alternative Disciplines as set out in the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology Report, “Complementary and Alternative Medicine”, ( HL Paper 123/1999-2000) In particular I I was looking at the relationship of Astrology to Indian Ayurvedic medicine and wanted to see if I could relate it to English Herbal medicine as taught by Culpepper who considered all plants to have Astrological correspondences. To do this I needed to improve my understanding of Astrology.
I explained to the Fees office in advance why I wished to make these claims and they were agreed because of my longstanding interest in Complementary and Alternative medicine and my file noted to that effect.
I hope this is helpful.
Actually, what am I saying. Richard Dawkins slam dunks it, doesn’t he. Incidentally, cc’d into the email thread was one David Cameron (Libra, the balance) – did he maintain his equilibrium on reading the above, one wonders?